(FILES) This file photo taken on October 24, 2017 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh.
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's aggressive power grab represents a huge gamble on the stability of his kingdom and its neighbors, but Donald Trump is not one to worry. The Washington foreign policy establishment may be agog at the young leader's "anti-corruption" purge of potential foes within the Saudi elite, but the US government barely flinched. No one is quite sure whether MBS' bold move will leave him as the uncontested leader of a more modern, open Saudi Arabia -- or open the door to chaos, rebellion or a regional war.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is largely responsible for the government crackdown on corruption that began last year. Fayez Nureldine / AFP  

Saudi defence ministry official arrested on bribery charge



Saudi Arabia arrested a ministry of defence official for accepting a bribe of 1 million Riyal (Dh 980,000) this week marking the latest move in the kingdom's corruption crackdown, Saudi state news agency reported.

Authorities claim the bribe came from a company looking to ease procedures and “secure government pay-outs”.

The unnamed official, along with two others believed to be involved in the transaction, have been charged with bribery and abusing their position for self-benefit.

A statement published by the office of the Attorney-General, Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mujib, said the official had abused his official position to leverage power and betray the nation.

The arrest came more than a year after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also serves as minister of defence, pledged to hold all accused of bribery accountable in the kingdom.

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This dispels claims the corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia has drawn to a close after seeing more than 300 of the Kingdom’s elite rounded up last November.

Those held accountable were said to have embezzled $107 billion from government funds.

The latest arrest goes against trends of government initiatives, such as the crackdown, losing steam after an initial push.

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